The Project To Kill Earth
Most of my fellow humans are diligently engaged in a project to kill planet earth by climate change, releasing poisons into the environment, farming methods that strip soil, overpopulation, overfishing, war etc. I think we should be doing whatever it takes to preserve the earth for future generations. Pundits refer to my position as extreme. I am baffled. I would think, logically, sustaining life would trump everything, even next quarter profits.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
|Abiogenesis||A short tour of the origin of life on eath. 2017-03-01|
|Light Bulbs||Advantages and disadvantages of incandescent, fluorescent and halogen light bulbs. 2017-05-21|
|Conspiracy Theories||An examination of conspiracy theories, in particular the global warming is a hoax conspiracty theory 2017-05-21|
|Driverless Cars and Taxis||What driverless cars and taxis will be like. 2017-01-30|
|Brita Water Filters||Advantages and disadvantages of Brita water filters. Why bottled water is evil. 2017-04-18|
|Why No Action?||Why there is no action on climate change and why there are so many people spreading disinformation. 2017-05-21|
|Dawn Dishwashing Detergent Fraud||Dawn Dishwashing Detergent fraudulently promises to donate $1 of each sale to helping wildlife. 2017-01-02|
|Environmental Glossary||A glossary of terms you will hear in environmental discussions, particularly global warming. 2017-07-13|
|Quotations about the Environment||Quotations about the Environment, particular global warming. 2017-07-24|
|Kyoto Accord||Why we should ratify the Kyoto Accord on greenhouse gas emissions. 2017-07-23|
|Energy and Climate Change||Energy and Climate Change: A Sustainable Future?. Global warming, the end of oil, future energy sources. A partially-completed transcription of a talk by Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon with a link to the video. 2017-05-21|
|Electric Bikes||Electric-assist bicycles 2017-05-21|
|Ancient Forests||Preserving the Primeval Forests. 2017-04-18|
|Going Carless||Why you don’t want a car. 2017-07-01|
|Extinction||Some musings on when and how man will go extinct. 2017-07-01|
|Overpopulation||Overpopulation, the problem and what has to be done. 2017-07-07|
|An Ehouse||A design for an ecological, energy-efficient, earthquake-resistant house. 2017-07-01|
|Are You An Environmental Pig?||Are you part of the solution or part of the problem. Are you an environmental pig? Check yourself out. 2017-05-21|
|Environmental Vandalism||There are two kinds of environmental vandalism: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 vandalism are actions that deliberately and needlessly damage the environment. Type-2 vandalism are the retaliatory actions of eco-terrorists against type-1 vandals. 2017-05-21|
|The Idiot Response||How and Why Humans respond like idiots to global problems. 2017-01-02|
|Greenpeace||One of the first environmental action movements. I have been helping them since 1968. I can vouch they are good people. One thing you can do to help is put Greenpeace banners on your website.|
|Dr. David Suzuki||I have known the people at the David Suzuki foundation, including David’s wife Tara, since 1961. I can vouch they are good people.|
|Western Canada Wilderness Committee||I have known the people at the WCWC since 1985. I can vouch they are good people. They work primarily to save BC’s old growth forests. You might consider sending them your $100 carbon reduction government giveaway cheque. You will probably get more carbon sequestered that way than any other way you could spend it. unknown|
|Feedback||Read feedback from readers of the environment section. If you don’t want your message and my reply publicly posted, please let me know. 2017-01-02|
I wonder what possible mechanisms are possible in evolution to create large-brained intelligent creatures.
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
- appendages for manipulating objects need ever more clever wetwear.
- camouflage. Hiding from predators means creating ever more sophisticated illusions to make the creature disappear.
- size. When you have a giant body with a brain cavity that does not get thrashed around, you have the infrastructure to grow, nourish and protect a giant brain. Contrary to urban myth, you don’t need a large brain to control a large body. In other words, the ratio of brain weight to body weight does not mean much for large animals. Consider the dinosaurs. All of a giant brain can be used for thinking or something else.
- Egalitarian social structure. Those that cannot communicate are effectively ostracised and squeezed out of the gene pool. Stratified pecking order societies reduce the pool of who communicates with whom and hence depress the evolution of intelligence.
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